Resilient Cities: Countering Violent Extremism at Local Level

Cities have become the main target of Jihadist Salafist terrorism. Recent attacks in Paris (2015), Copenhagen (2015), Brussels (2016), Nice (2016), Stockholm (2017) and London (2017) have demonstrated the harm that terrorism can cause to the cohesion of European societies and have triggered a debate on how cities must respond to the increasing threat of violent extremism. CIDOB and the University of St Andrews organise the conference Resilient Cities: Countering Violent Extremism at Local Level in which international experts will answer the following question: “What does an effective programme of counter-radicalization at local level look like?”

PERFORMED ACTIVITY
9 June 2017 - 08:45h
LOCATION: CIDOB, sala Jordi Maragall, Elisabets 12, 08001 Barcelona
ORGANIZED BY: CIDOB and the University of St. Andrews with the support of the Europe for Citizens programme

PARTNERS:

Objective

The conference will begin with a first panel in which Diego Muro (University of St. Andrews, CIDOB), Rik Coolsaet (University of Ghent) and Bibi Van Ginkel (Clingendael) will analyse the terrorist threat in Europe, as well as the public policies designed to respond to the rise of violent extremism. A second panel will present city experiences in preventing and countering violent extremism. Presenters such as Toby Harris (House of Lords), Thorleif Link (Aarhus police), or Lorenzo Vidino (George Washington University) will discuss best practices and evidence-based policies and will analyse whether cities are best suited to “think globally and act locally”. Finally, the seminar will end with an analysis of how local initiatives should be implemented. Daniel Heinke (Bremen State Police) will analyse the cities’ tendency to develop coordinating institutions, while Daniel Koehler (Center for the Coordination of the Prevention Network against (Islamic) Extremism in Baden-Württemberg (KPEBW) will present tools to evaluate prevention programmes at the local level. Marije Meines (Radicalisation Awareness Network - RAN) will discuss the building blocks of a European plan to counter radicalization and violent extremism. Finally, Tim Wilson (Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews) will provide the concluding remarks on the role of cities in preventing violent extremism in urban environments.

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Participants

SPEAKERS

Jordi Bacaria

Jordi Bacaria

Director, CIDOB

Rik Coolsaet

Rik Coolsaet

Chair, Department of Political Science, Ghent University; Senior Associate Fellow, Egmont Institute

Lord Toby Harris

Lord Toby Harris

House of Lords

Daniel Heinke

Daniel Heinke

Chief of Detectives and Director, State Bureau of Investigation, Bremen State Police; Adjunct professor for terrorism studies, University of Bremen

Daniel Koehler

Daniel Koehler

Center for the Coordination of the Prevention Network against (Islamic) Extremism in Baden-Württemberg (KPEBW)

Thorleif Link

Thorleif Link

Detective Inspector, East Jutland Police Force

Marije Meines

Marije Meines

Senior Advisor, RAN Centre of Excellence

Diego Muro

Diego Muro

Associate Senior Researcher, CIDOB; Lecturer in International Relations, CSTPV, University of St Andrews

Bibi Van Ginkel

Bibi Van Ginkel

Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute; International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT)

Lorenzo Vidino

Lorenzo Vidino

Director of the Program on Extremism, George Washington University

Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson

Director of CSTPV, University of St Andrews

Resilient Cities: Countering Violent Extremism at Local Level PERFORMED ACTIVITY

08:45h Registration & Coffee

09:00h Opening Statement

Dr. Jordi Bacaria, Director, CIDOB

09:05h The Threat of Violent Extremism and the Institutional Responses in Europe

Chair:       Dr. Tim Wilson, Director of CSTPV, University of St Andrews

 

What is Violent Extremism (and what is not)               

Dr. Diego Muro, Associate Senior Researcher, CIDOB; Lecturer in International Relations, CSTPV, University of St Andrews

What Accounts for the Rise of Violent Extremism in European Cities?

Prof. Rik Coolsaet, Chair, Department of Political Science, Ghent University; Senior Associate Fellow, Egmont Institute

Countering the Threat: From the European to the National and Local Level

Dr. Bibi Van Ginkel, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute; International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT)

11:00h Coffee Break

11:30h Local Action Plans: International Examples and Best Practices

Chair:       MsMarije Meines, Senior Advisor, RAN Centre of Excellence

                       

European Cities’ Preparedness to Respond to a Major Terrorist Incident: A View from London    

Lord Toby Harris, House of Lords

 

The Aarhus Example

Mr. Thorleif Link, Detective Inspector,East Jutland Police Force

 

CVE Examples in the USA

Dr. Lorenzo Vidino, Director of the Program on Extremism, George Washington University

13:30h Lunch

14:00h Ways forward: Fine-tuning the Institutional Response

Chair:       Dr. Bibi Van Ginkel, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute; International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT)

 

Who Leads and who Does what? Multi-agency Coordination, Community Engagement and Public-private Partnerships  

 

Dr. Daniel Heinke, Chief of Detectives and Director, State Bureau of Investigation, Bremen State Police; Adjunct professor for terrorism studies, University of Bremen 

Preventing Violent Radicalization: Program Design and Evaluation

Mr. Daniel Koehler, Expert, Competence Center for the Coordination of the Prevention Network against (Islamic) Extremism in Baden-Württemberg (KPEBW)

           

Towards a European Local Action Plan?                      

Ms. Marije Meines, Senior Advisor, RAN Centre of Excellence

16:00h Concluding remarks

Dr. Tim Wilson, Director of CSTPV, University of St Andrews

16:30h End of conference